LINDEN travelled to Linlithgow and were beaten by a well drilled home team who played attractive 15-man rugby.
Linlithgow started with a bang and after several good breaks were rewarded with a converted try which was repeated 10 minutes later when the home forwards went on a surge.
Linden started to get a grip of the game and after some good breaks the ball was moved to winger Daniel Kyle who, after a fine run up the touchline, was stopped just short of the line.
Linlithgow scored another converted try just before halftime to make the score 21-0.
It was a different Linden who started the second half and after several forward breaks the ball was quickly moved to Graham Colville who barged over the line for a fine try which was converted by Gary Lowrie.
The visitors were unlucky not to score again after a good break by Stewart Williams. After losing the services of Graham Colville, with a knee injury, Linden lost a bit of momentum but the game continued to ebb and flow with the Hawick men showing some stout defence.
After 70 minutes however Linlithgow finally scored their bonus point try which was converted.
Linden gave all they had in the last ten minutes with Stewart Williams again being stopped just short of the line on a couple of occasions. The match ended when Linlithgow pounded the Linden line and scored an unconverted try as the visitors simply ran out of defenders.
Linden paid heavily for a slow start to the match, however they competed reasonably well for long periods once they found the pace of the game. In the forwards Graham Colville stood out as did James Hogg who tackled his heart out. In the backs Gary Lowrie had a solid game at stand-off, scrum-half Greg Thomson defended courageously and Stewart Williams was a dangerous runner with ball in hand.